Category: North America

The Phoenician at Scottsdale AZ

The Phoenician at Scottsdale AZ

The Phoenician, a 654-room destination resort in Scottsdale Arizona, tallied up their renovations over the past few years with a grand total of $20 million. Extensive renovations include its luxurious lobby, lounges, restaurants, Grand Tea Court, guest rooms, pool oasis, golf course, meeting space and public areas. Room amenities now include 32-inch flat-screen Sony televisions, […]

Hawaii's best secret beaches

Hawaii’s best secret beaches

Courtesy of the latest issue of Travel + Leisure, here’s a list of Hawaii’s best secret beaches: Pololu Beach, Big Island Polihale Beach, Kauai Polihua Beach, Lanai Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Maui Bellows Field Beach, Oahu

New underwater hotel

New underwater hotel

The construction of  a $500 million underwater hotel in Dubai will start in the first quarter of this year. According to Uwe Hohmann of the Crescent Hydropolis Group, the financing of the development is almost finalised. Hotel prices are rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night but  have not yet been announced by the group. […]

dailyLuxé Top Ten Resorts & Villas

dailyLuxé Top Ten Resorts & Villas

According to dailyLuxé, the Top Ten Resorts & Villas are: Grand Bay Hotel – Isla Navidad Resort, Mexico Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Fiji Casa del Mar Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mexico Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia Eagle’s Nest Private Retreat, New Zealand Angsana Resort & Spa, Australia Esperanza – An Auberge Resort, […]

Super Spas 2006

Super Spas 2006

Interested in a seaweed wrap or a caviar facial? Forbes has run an article on the special spas for 2006.   Getting a much-deserved mention are: Monart Luxury Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Ireland Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA Cornelia Day Resort, New York […]

The Tides Inn, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

The Tides Inn, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

Located on 480 acres and surrounded by gardens and hidden sitting areas, The Tides Inn has undergone something of a transformation. Thanks to over $10 million of investment, there are now 106 impeccably appointed and spacious rooms and suites, as well as  four restaurants. But for golfers the real attraction of the Tides Inn is […]

Hyatt Grand Aspen opens

Hyatt Grand Aspen opens

Long known for its stunning beauty and legendary charm, Aspen is the perfect setting. Located just steps from the breathtaking grandeur of Ajax Mountain,  the newly opened Hyatt Grand  Aspen offers design with luxury and comfort in mind. Features  include multiple fireplaces, private balconies, grand kitchens, spa tubs and steam showers. Indeed, every room in […]

Andre Agassi and Stefie Graf open luxury mountain hotel

Andre Agassi and Stefie Graf open luxury mountain hotel

Andre Agassi and Stefie Graf, through their company Agassi Graf Development LLC have announced details of their luxury mountain hotel development at the new Tamarack ski resort, located in Donnelly, Idaho. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will manage the luxury hotel and residences which will be split across two locations: a classic resort hotel located in […]

2006 Top 10 Romantic Inns

2006 Top 10 Romantic Inns

You can tell Valentines is around the corner.   iLoveInns has joined the ‘top ten bandwaggon’ and released its own ‘Top Ten Most Romantic Bed & Breakfasts’. Making the US-centric list, in no particular order, are: Inn at Bowman’s Hill, New Hope, PA Sea Crest by the Sea, Spring Lake, NJ Santa Ynez Inn, Santa […]

Acqualina, Sunny Isles, Florida

Acqualina, Sunny Isles, Florida

Soaring over the Atlantic Ocean on South Florida’s fabled coastline, Rosewood Resorts’ Acqualina is an oceanfront masterpiece and is  expected to open  next month (February 2006) after the originally intended November 2005 deadline failed to materialise.  This luxury boutique  resort occupies 400 feet of pristine beach  at Sunny Isles and includes a  two-storey oceanfront spa, […]

Enchantment Resort, Arizona

Enchantment Resort, Arizona

Surrounded by the majestic red rock formations of Northern Arizona’s Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The resort’s adobe casita-style accommodations offer world-class comforts amid its pristine 70-acre setting. Voted number 1 hotel and resort spa in Arizona by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler readers, […]

Bristol Plaza, New York

Bristol Plaza, New York

Designed for the discerning long-term visitor to New York, Bristol Plaza offers the comforts and ambiance of residential living combined with the flexibility and benefits of five star services. Bristol Plaza can fill the needs of the executive who plans to be in New York for an extended stay of a month and more; the […]

Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya has its grand opening scheduled for February 2006. The deluxe all-inclusive resort was in its early stages of construction last October when Hurricane Wilma struck. A comprehensive evaluation by the El Cid construction company revealed minimal damage to the $40 million resort near Playa del Carmen. Upon […]

Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake, Rockies, Canada

Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake, Rockies, Canada

Bridgecreek Development‘s massive and  much-anticipated Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake resort is apparently running ahead of schedule. The resort, a 26-acre lakefront property in the Rocky Mountains is located 200 kilometres southwest of Calgary and 10 minutes West of Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass. It will be the setting for a spectacular resort complete with […]

Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria brand

Hilton’s Waldorf-Astoria brand

Hilton Hotels, which has owned the Waldorf since 1949, is expected to announce today that  it will launch a chain of luxury hotels under the Waldorf-Astoria brand. The new brand will include business hotels and resorts worldwide and match or exceed the chain’s current luxury leaders, Hiltons and Conrads, for its level of amenities. Starting […]

The Westin Arlington Gateway, Virginia

The Westin Arlington Gateway, Virginia

Development of the Westin Arlington Gateway has reached completion. It marks the debut of the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in the state of Virginia. The 336-room hotel, carrying a $75-million development price tag, sits off Interstate 66 in the Ballston submarket. The 15-story structure encompasses 238,700 sq. ft.  and offers 10,000 sq. ft.  of […]